Most consumer cameras offers some ways for the photographer to check the framing of the picture, such as a viewfinder or LCD display, before pressing the button. The first time I saw a consumer camera without such features was with MeCam, a tiny snap-on camera that you can wear on your shirt, and just press a button to take a picture. Convenient, but no ideal as subjects were often out of frame with the camera pointing at the wrong angle.
That was in 2013. But today, those cameras can be improved with artificial intelligence, and Google Clips is a camera without viewfinder nor LCD display that can allegedly take good photos – or short clips – automatically, acting in some ways like a human photographer, so that every human in the room / the whole family can be on the shot.
- Vision Processing Unit – Movidius Myriad 2 VPU as found in Intel Movidus Neural Compute Stick
- Storage – 16 GB for photos
- TBD?? megapixels; 1.55μm pixels; 130° field of view; auto focus; auto low lux/night mode.
- Motion photos (JPEGs with embedded MP4s) @ 15 fps, MP4, GIF, JPEG. No audio.
- Connectivity – WiFi direct and Bluetooth LE
- USB – 1x USB type C port for charging
- Battery – Good for 3 hours of smart capture
- Dimensions – 49 x 49 x 20 mm
- Weight – 42.2 grams without clip, 60.5 grams with clip
The camera works with Google Clips app for “compatible mobile devices” running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher, such as Google Pixel, or Galaxy S7/S8, or iOS devices starting from iPhone 6. Google Clips will ship with a clip stand, a USB-C to USB-A cable, a quick start guide, and a user guide.
Google Clips will sell for $249, and if you’re interested you can join the waiting list on the product page.